Peasant Bread, Take 1

18 11 2012

Its not very often I come across a recipe that makes me excited.  Okay, since discovering Pinterest it is kind of often, but I don’t usually make anything.

Well last night I was browsing my Pinterest and homemade bread seemed to be a pretty recurring pin.  With winter rolling in swiftly it’s really not surprising.  Anyway, a couple of the pictures caught my eye but this one gained my full attention.

I’m sure you understand why.

The problem is, I haven’t exactly mastered the art of bread making.  There is only one other bread recipe I have cooked before, and it’s not a perfected art.

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A New Routine

28 10 2012

Good Evening from the circus!

If you remember last week, I posted about being overwhelmed due to the lack of structure we have formed around here.

Well, I am happy to say that the pity party has ended!!

I finally stat down and figured out our routine.  What I came to realize is we did have a routine, it just wasn’t a very good one.  So I added a bit of specifics, structure, and some discipline to it and this is what I’ve got.

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I Gotta Admit…

22 10 2012

I haven’t been the best blogger… in reality I haven’t been the best mother, student, wife, or friend either lately.  I can’t figure out exactly what has gone wrong, but I think its a combination of having Connor, starting school full time, and combining households with my Dad.  I just never really sat down and worked out how I would manage all of my responsibilities daily without losing it.

Well I did lose it.  Not go get on meds lose it, but I did screw up in school a bit and I have slacked in many of my duties.  For instance, I just don’t cook anymore.  It came down to choosing between hanging with my kids or cooking dinner.  Luckily I have my Dad here to back me up and I haven’t gone down in a blaze of failure.

So here I am, coming out of my depressive phase and I am ready to get everything back on track.  So mothers, students, homemakers combined,  How do you schedule your days?





Plum Perserves

23 09 2012

First of all, please excuse any typos or formatting difference. Our good friend returned home from Afghanistan recently and has taken over my work room. I’m happy to help a friend but not to lose my space. Anyways, because of the lack of privacy I have taken to using my iPad for Internet related work.

I’m kicking myself right now because dad and I made plum preserves from our harvest and I didn’t photograph the process to share! I did grab a few photos of the finished product so I hope that’s good enough…..

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Isn’t that a lovely picture? I am aware that it resembles jars of hearts. My favorite part of this process was actually the cooking, which filled my house with the smell of candied fruit. It’s smells like that which make me wish for the ability to upload smells to my blog.

Last year we jarred tomatoes, so I had some jars leftt over. The plums were gathered from our garden, and we never have a shortage of sugar around here so this project was completely free to me. However, the jars can cost $15-30, plums prices vary by season, and sugar is relatively cheap.

So here’s what you will need:
2.5 lbs plums, small purple ones are best
4 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 large pots, one must be large enough to completely submerge jar under water
1 skillet

How to make plum preserves:
First, fill the skillet and one large pot with water. Submerge the jars in the large pot, and the lids and seals in the skillet. When the water reaches a full boil set a timer for 15 minutes. Remove everything from the water and set aside. Turn the water off.

Next you need to place the plums, sugar, and water inside the second large pot. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously to prevent scorching. After the mixture reaches a full boil, continue cooking and stirring until it begins to thicken; about 15 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and ladle mixture into jars leaving 1/4 headspace at the top. Wipe down tops of jars to encourage a proper seal.

Finally, place the lids and seals onto the jars and tighten. Add the jars back to the water and turn the heat to high. Bring the plum mixture to a full boil and let cook for another 15 minutes. Remove the jars from water and allow them to fully cool.

While they are cooling you should hear a popping noise. This is the lids fully sealing. Check the jars and check to see I’d the center of the lid has been “sucked” down into the jar. If any of them haven’t, place into the fridge and use immediately.





My Kitchen… It’s Awful!

16 09 2012

THIS is my embarrassment of a kitchen. Yes, I know. I know. Not only is it just ugly, something I can’t do much about, but it’s also disorganized and inefficient! How uncharacteristic of me!!

Okay, okay. All sarcasm aside, my kitchen really is a thorn in my side. I dread showing it to people because of how it looks, and I just don’t really cook in it because of its inefficiency. Believe it or not, I actually prefer the small workspace. Everything is just closer this way, but without master organization its awful.

I’ve just shared the room I’m most ashamed of. I guess this is my motivation to get started organizing this sucker. Stay tuned!

What room in your home are you embarrassed to share?

Do you have any suggestions for my kitchen?





Composting

1 09 2012

Hello there! We are starting a new project in the House of DLC.

Composting!

We love gardening a lot. It’s always nice to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but lets face it, our harvest isn’t exactly bountiful. I wouldn’t say it’s too bad considering we are beginners, but it definitely isn’t producing enough to jar and freeze enough to last through out our entirely too long and drabby winter. Which is our main goal. Self sufficiency.

We decided to compost as an alternative to pumping our gardens full of poisonous fertilizers.  They didn’t seem to help much anyway.

As with all new projects that have a bit of science to them I started out with research. I was amazed at how particular composting is. My belief was that you just throw all table scraps into a pile outside, keep it moist, and watch it rot away into “dirt-y goodness”.

WRONG!!

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Old Window = Wall Art

23 08 2012

A few days ago I showed you a sneak peek of projects to come. I finished one of them and I’m so excited to share it with you. I found and old window and there were a few things I would have liked to done with it. I thought about making it into a to-do for my boys but decided that it wouldn’t feature the window as much. I also thought of making it into a family portrait frame but let that idea go quickly for a few reasons. Finally I settled on making it into a piece of wall art to hang above my headboard when I finish making-over my room.

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